Sign up for a One Planet Picnic
In the Scottish Year of Food and Drink, schools and community organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to register to take part in One Planet Picnic, an initiative organised by the charity for Scotland’s environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful, designed to get people thinking about sustainable food choices and discovering locally grown products.
The One Planet Picnic, which runs between June and September, encourages all members of the local community to hold their own picnic and enjoy sustainable, locally and ethically produced food – raising awareness of where food comes from and how it is produced.
Local groups including schools, youth groups and places of work are encouraged to visit the Keep Scotland Beautiful website and register their Picnic to be entered into a Scotland-wide prize draw. Registered groups will then be able to access a range of resources from invitations and posters to recipe ideas.
One of the first 2015 One Planet Picnics was held at Cambusbarron Primary School in Stirling. School children and staff welcomed parents and members of the wider community to their Picnic where they got to grips with making sustainable food choices and helped lay the foundations for building a Good Food Nation.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“Through the One Planet Picnic we can raise awareness of sustainable eating whilst encouraging people to come together, prepare and share some tasty ‘planet friendly’ food.
“More than 12,000 people participated in 2014 and for the 2015 One Planet Picnic we would like to bring even more communities together to enjoy good company, good food and to build a sense of pride in our own Scottish produce.
“The only thing left behind after a Picnic should be happy memories so we are also encouraging One Planet Picnickers to reduce food waste and packaging too.”
Loraine Dollard, Head Teacher of Cambusbarron Primary School, commented:
“One Planet Picnic was a lovely way to celebrate the end of our Eco-Week. Not only did it enable us to bring our wider community together, but it helped us promote the role of Scottish food in a healthy diet. We hope the knowledge and enjoyment children gained from the picnic will encourage families to plan more healthy picnics over the summer holidays.”
Groups can register their Picnics at: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/oneplanetpicnic